(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The US Olympic team will step out with Gallic-like berets at the opening of the London games, as part of their crisp uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren and introduced to the public Tuesday.
Women’s soccer player Heather Mitts and men’s fencing competitor Time Morehouse modeled the looks on NBC television’s “Today” program ahead of the July 27 start of the world’s biggest sporting event.
Lauren, the official outfitter of the US Olympic and Paralympic teams, is giving the entire team blue blazers — double-breasted for the men — with the official team patch and the designer’s signature pony motif.
They’ll be matched with cream skirts and trousers, and topped with navy berets accented with red and white stripes.
“It’s a privilege to play a part in the London games and the celebrate the achievements of these premier athletes as they represent our nation on the world’s biggest stage,” said David Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s executive vice president for marketing and the designer’s son, in a statement.
Lauren has previously introduced its outfits for the closing ceremony and for day-to-day wear by the US team in the Olympic Village, inspired by the sartorial flavor of 1948 when the British capital last hosted the games.
He also designed the US team outfits for the Beijing summer games in 2008 and the Vancouver winter games in 2010.